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President's Blog

The University President, Dr. E. Joseph Savoie, periodically posts blogs and email messages to the University community and the public about important University relations, developments, and updates.

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President's Blog

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    In Our 125th Year, A Vision for the Future

    Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Mon, 09/11/2023 - 12:00am

    Dear students, faculty and staff members,

    This year, the University is celebrating the 125th anniversary of its founding. And while the past century and a quarter have been monumental, I believe strongly that our best days are yet to come.

    Today, we’re launching our 2023-2028 Strategic Plan – “Vision. Louisiana.” – that provides a blueprint for even greater success. 

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    Welcome Back!

    Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Mon, 08/21/2023 - 10:12am

    Dear students, faculty and staff members,

    Welcome to the fall semester and the new academic year!

    The fall semester is a special time in the life of any university. It’s when new students find their footing as they begin their academic journeys, when returning students rejoin old friends and make new ones, and when clubs and organizations and athletic teams again enjoy the camaraderie of events and competition.

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    “An Institution for All Time”

    Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Mon, 07/10/2023 - 8:34am

    Dear students and faculty and staff members,

    Friday is the anniversary of one of the most consequential moments in the history of our region and the state of Louisiana.

    On July 14, 1898 – 125 years ago – Gov. Murphy J. Foster signed a bill, authored by state Sen. Robert Martin, to establish Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute, now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

    The governor’s pen set in motion a century and a quarter of progress and growth – both for the institution itself and for the region and state it’s served since its creation.

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    Serving Tomorrow Starts Today

    Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Wed, 01/11/2023 - 8:25am

    Dear students, faculty and staff members,

    More than a century ago, in the years following the First World War, wounded veterans of the conflict participated in educational training courses on our campus. As part of their recovery, the students collected acorns from live oak trees around the property and planted them in other spots on campus. Many of those oaks are still standing, and we continue to enjoy their shade and beauty today.